University and GSE policies and procedures related to student evaluation are provided below.
All members of the University community have the responsibility to maintain and foster the conditions and atmosphere of academic integrity. Specifically, this requires that all classroom, fieldwork, research, and written work for which a person claims credit is in fact that person's own work. All students and faculty members should be familiar with University policies on academic integrity in the Student Academic Honesty Code and the Graduate School Manual, as well as GSE's Academic Honesty Procedures (see GSE Bylaws, Appendix A).
Academic Progress and Probation
Binghamton University has established the following policies for academic progress and probation:
"A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 is required for a graduate degree. To maintain satisfactory academic progress, students are required to earn a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in all courses that the Graduate School counts toward a degree....
"The Graduate School may sever a student , when … the student is not maintaining a satisfactory grade-point average, as required for graduation, … for not meeting other academic requirements, such as not passing required exams or not meeting required program deadlines. .. [or] if it appears that the student is not making satisfactory progress toward the degree….
"A graduate student whose cumulative grade-point average falls below 3.0 may be enrolled subsequently only on a probationary status, with the graduate program's written approval. While on probation, the student must meet at the outset of the semester with the director of graduate studies to review academic performance and progress toward a return to satisfactory standing. …
"A graduate student whose cumulative grade-point average falls below 2.6 will be considered in academic jeopardy as well as on academic probation. Students may be in academic jeopardy for only one semester. …
"Students whose grade-point average would place them on a fourth semester of academic probation or a second semester in academic jeopardy are not making satisfactory progress toward the degree. Normally they will be severed from the Graduate School.
For the complete policy, see Determination of Academic Standing.
Periodic examinations are given at the discretion of each instructor.
University policy specifies that no examinations, including unit or chapter exams, are to be administered during the final week of classes. Faculty who wish to give a final examination in their course during the final examination period should watch for email from the Registrar (at the start of the semester, or earlier!). The Registrar assigns the day, time, and location of final exams, which may differ from the usual class meeting. GSE assigns use of AB-124 and AB-234.
Graded exams, papers and other projects that were not returned to students in class may be left in the GSE office (AB-230) for student pickup. Student work should be kept for one semester following the end of the course.
Grade options for graduate courses are A to C- or F (D is not an option). Grades of S (satisfactory) and U (unsatisfactory) are options only for Practica (student teaching). The Handbook for Faculty and Professional Staff addresses policies related to grading, including incomplete grades, missing grades, changing grades, and complaints concerning grades.
The Student Academic Honesty Code prohibits submitting the same work for more than one course, fabricating results, and presenting someone else's work as their own. When this code is violated, the instructor may give a failing grade for the assignment or the course, file a "dispositions warning," or assign additional work. It is important to apprise the Program Coordinator and put a note in the student's file so any pattern of issues is caught early.
The Binghamton University Libraries elaborate on Academic Honesty and Plagiarism, providing guidance on proper use of references and citations.
The Graduate School of Education and the University have formal policies and procedures for resolving grievances. GSE strongly supports a range of efforts at mediating grievances before filing a formal complaint. For a student with a grievance, the first step is to talk to the faculty or staff member who is the subject of the grievance. If that is unsuccessful, a student may enlist the faculty adviser to mediate the situation. (If a faculty or staff member has a grievance with another employee, the University Ombudsman may assist with mediation.)
GSE has a standing Grievance Committee with membership from among the faculty, administrative, and graduate student constituencies. It is this committee that acts as a hearing board for student-initiated grievances involving GSE faculty, administrators or students. This committee meets on a grievance or complaint only after informal efforts have been tried to resolve the grievance.
Steps for students to resolve grievances are outlined in GSE's Bylaws (see Appendix B Grievance Procedures). Procedures for appealing a decision are in the Graduate School Manual.
Practicum Student Evaluations
All of GSE’s teacher education programs have committed to using a basic Practicum Student Evaluation as a summative evaluation of performance in practica (student teaching). (Items are tied to our claims for accreditation.) These evaluations are to be completed near the end of each placement by every practicum student, their cooperating teacher, and their university supervisor. The color-coded forms (with slightly different versions for each rater) are available in AB-230, or from the faculty member overseeing the practicum. Completed forms should be submitted to the Program Coordinator or another designated faculty member, not to Tami Mann. For details, please see Procedures for Collection and Submission for Statistical Analysis (.pdf, 97kb).
In addition, each program may use other tools and procedures for formative assessment and/or for information specific to that field of education.
GSE’s teacher education program has established procedures for assessing the “professional dispositions” (i.e., Academic Performance, Oral/Written Communication, Personal Character/Judgment) required for success as a graduate student and teacher. These dispositions are assessed throughout each student’s graduate program:
- By the student during initial advising (see Self-Assessment.doc, 54kb), and
- By course instructors around the middle of each semester ( see Flagsheet.doc, 160kb)
- By cooperating teachers during fieldwork, at faculty discretion (see Fieldwork Teacher Checklist.doc, 143kb)
When concerns are identified, the faculty adviser and the course instructor and/or cooperating teacher meet with the student to clarify concerns and establish expectations for the student to resolve concerns. Under some circumstances, a faculty member may help the student clarify what action is needed to rectify the situation or refer the student to support services (e.g., Services for Students with Disabilities). Whether or not supports are offered, however, it is the student’s responsibility to take whatever action is necessary to resolve the dispositions concerns.